On Simplicity & The Perfect Food: Avocado Toast

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If we really are what we eat, then I might very well be just this. The most simple & obvious pairing that seems almost too simple to share, but to me, this most classic combo easily represents the very best in food (and in life) summed up in just two ingredients. After all, isn’t this precisely what we want from our food, and really, in so many ways….our lives? I know it is for me.

As I write this, I’ve just returned home from a four day jaunt across the country on business. This being no holiday, I travel alone, stay in hotels, eat food when I can, finding much solace in my connections with the people I travel to see and spend time with. On this trip, I was fortunate to connect outside of work with a fellow blogging friend, (and one that feels close as we’ve been blogging pals pretty much from the early days) the supremely bright, lovely & down to earth Gabby of the fabulous vegan blog The Veggie Nook, who was just as kind, honest and delightful in person as I had anticipated! xx

Even on short trips, it’s not long before the simple things that are normally barely noticed are missed. Like the smell of your pillow, the comforting sound of the tea kettle at night, or those little growing arms that wrap themselves around you at night for one last bedtime cuddle. No matter where I go or where I’ve been, time away from my family & home that I love makes me astutely aware of what is most dear to me.

Morning sun. An early waking to the chirping of birds outside my bedroom window. A great book (I am currently enraptured reading Steve Jobs biography). My family. My home. There aren’t many things in this life we actually need, and sometimes enjoying fewer things more can really bring out simple perfections we might forget to notice all the time unless we make a conscious effort to try.

Today I enjoyed my all time favorite food, and am sharing it with you all today, as a way to welcome myself home. Plus, there weren’t many ingredients in the house and there’s nothing more convenient than popping a few frozen pieces of your favorite bread in the toaster. Is there? I think not, and the possibilities here are endless.

All you need is a few old pieces of bread (fresh or frozen), a nice ripe avocado, and a little imagination. Simple. Easy. Perfect. My kind of food, and 3 words worth striving for in all things.

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The Less:

Less complicated food ideas means more cleanness and precision in the kitchen and in life. Fewer dairy & animal based fat sources means less saturated fats & expensive extra calories. Less waste with stale bread means each loaf can go farther, so just toss it in the freezer and be thankful you did later.

The More:

More plant-based fat sources means more long burning clean energy. More high calorie avocado means less seeking satisfaction from elsewhere. More ways to use old bread means stretching the budget farther, and cutting down on waste and extra costs is just a given.

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Avocado Toast:
  • (1-2) pieces your fave bread (I eat bread made from barley flour by a local bakery)
  • (1) small ripe avocado
  • (1-2) tbsp olive oil for the toast (optional)
  • (1-2) squeezes of fresh lemon juice
  • Optional toppings: sprouted buckwheat, chia, hemp hearts, cayenne, chili flakes, balsamic vinegar glaze, black pepper, tomato slices, sauerkraut (use any but do keep it simple, just 1-3 items a time depending on what is on hand)

Simply toast your bread to desired brownness and drizzle the olive oil if using on it while the bread is still warm. Use a fork and smash the avocado onto the bread. Top with a little squeezed lemon juice and toppings of choice. Eat immediately and enjoy.

I tend to eat 2 pieces when really hungry (as I was today) and find I can go for hours afterwards. I especially notice extra energy on a run if I go at night after enjoying this for breakfast.

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23 Comments on “On Simplicity & The Perfect Food: Avocado Toast”

  1. Amanda

    a little cholula and a splash of olive oil are my favorite on avocado today. man, I wish I had an avocado right now! welcome home to the familiar!

  2. Brittany

    I see this combo everywhere, yet for SOME reason have yet to try it! I’ve been wanting to try it for a LONG time. I would love to see how much energy I could get for a run with this fuel! Will be trying it soon before a run! Welcome home! ❤

  3. Rachel

    What a delicious idea, will give it a go. I don’t think any of my favourite simple meals are healthy enough to share – am working on that!

  4. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    Oh squish, I loved meeting you too Shira 🙂 You were just as lovely and amazing as I anticipated as well and I am so glad we got to do that. Whenever you’re in Toronto, I will make time 🙂

    This really is the perfect food, one of my favourites! I love all your suggestions for toppings! I love gomasio and nutritional yeast!

  5. janet

    This looks great. If I’m on my own, a meal often consists of a plate (or two) of fruit and veggies as is, with some nuts or chickpeas or something. I wash romaine lettuce and just eat it, too. 🙂 Utter simplicity and utterly good.

    janet

  6. Anna @ Your Healthy Place

    This is my favourite snack in the whole world! In fall and winter I pair it with a creamy roast vegetable soup and in summer with a big quinoa salad, and for breakfast I have it with poached eggs. It’s heaven on earth!

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  8. Karista @Karista's Kitchen

    Avocados are my happy food! I can’t help but smile when I slice open an avocado. My current addiction is Avocado and tomato sandwiches. I found an organic heirloom at the market and although I’m trying to wait until they are local, I couldn’t help myself. I had to have my avocado and tomato sandwich. I love simplicity and I think this is the most delicious. 🙂

  9. Somer

    Before you posted this I think I would probably be embarrassed to admit how many times this very meal is my super fast lunch or dinner on the go. I absolutely love it. I’ve always just done vegan butter, avocado, salt and pepper, but now I need to liven it up a bit and try some of your other toppers, especially the lemon juice!

  10. Kristy

    This is one of my favorite meals too. Sometimes I mash the avocado with some hummus for some extra protein and top with a couple chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Heaven.

    I’m so jealous that you got to meet Gabby! She is such a beautiful soul, just like yourself. Hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to meet both of you someday. 🙂

  11. Joshua

    Yummy topping for your Italian Chickpea Flatbread recipe too! I kicked it up a notch with some red pepper flakes and a pinch of smoked salt. Delish!

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